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    “There’s enough average piano trio records out there, and I didn’t want to contribute to that kind of sonic pollution, you know?” Escreet said about waiting to record his own trio date.

    John Escreet: The Trio Goes West

    Pianist John Escreet has always had ideas. Born in England, he migrated to New York in his early 20s to study at the…

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    Void Patrol is a collection of five tracks, all named after stars and all constructed remotely, layer by layer.

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    Drummer Nate Smith honors his musical family.

    Nate Smith: Kinfolk 2 Takes Flight

    Drummer Nate Smith’s album Kinfolk 2: See The Birds (Edition) is the second volume in a planned trilogy, and while…

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    Michael Dease is the Trombonist of the Year in DownBeat’s 69th Annual Critics Poll.

    Michael Dease: Give It All

    Michael Dease took a circuitous route to discovering his chosen instrument. He started out as an alto saxophonist…

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    ​Pi founders Yulun Wang (left) and Seth Rosner

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    Giacomo Bruzzo’s RareNoise label has built a catalog filled with adventurous releases.

    RareNoise Blurs The Lines Of Genre

    Before he was a label owner, Giacomo Bruzzo was a frustrated finance bro. Born in Italy, he moved to the U.K. in 1991,…

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    ​Gard Nilssen performs with his Accoustic Unity ensemble during the 2019 jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Germany.

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    Avram Fefer expands his trio by adding guitarist Marc Ribot.

    Avram Fefer at the Outer Limits

    Saxophonist Avram Fefer is drawn to musicians who push the outer limits of what’s possible. Ornette Coleman, Wayne…

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    Jerome Jennings follows up his 2016 release, The Beast, with Solidarity.

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    The sound of pianist Marilyn Crispell changed following a trip to a festival in Stockholm: “I heard them playing stuff that really, really touched me.”

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    JD Allen’s latest effort, Barracoon, is predicated on emotion more than charts.

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    Rob Mazurek has three new releases on the Astral Spirits label.

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    Johnathan Blake takes musical cues from his late father, John Blake Jr., a violinist who performed with McCoy Tyner and Archie Shepp.

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    Eric Harland (left), Chris Potter and James Francies have recorded a new album, Circuits.

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    Joseph Jarman (1937–2019)

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    Maja S.K. Ratkje performs at the Rune Grammofon 20th anniversary celebration at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo, Norway.

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    Tyshawn Sorey recently issued music through the digital platform PEOPLE.

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    Drummer Tony Allen has claimed to be able to play a different time signature with each limb simultaneously.

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    Greg Howe (left) and Roscoe Mitchell at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California, on Nov. 9.


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